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Have you been following this case? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4832872.stm
This case, to me, illustrates the importance of complete separation of church/religion and state. Should Afghanistan's sovereignty be respected, or should those countries providing military and financial aid cut it off if this man can be executed under Afghan law?
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Man, this is really a tough issue. On one hand, the US absolutely should NOT impose our morals on the rest of the world. It's bad enough that some people in power think they should do it to their own citizens. At the same time...this seems SO wrong to just let them execute this guy for this. But they ARE a sovereign country, and as appauling as some laws in other countries are, we haven't interfered with all of them.

Count me as on the fence on this one. I see both sides all too clearly.
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Yeah, where does respect for a nation's sovereignty stop and condoning unacceptable practices begin? And this is only one example of that dilemma -- to be sure an extreme one -- but there are countless questions about human rights issues, about trade practices -- you name it. When is intervention "advocating" and when is it "interfering"?

And if respecting this nation's sovereignty does constitute condoning this behaviour, then what is the remedy? Withdrawing aid, whether financial or military -- our only real tool -- does nothing to change the practice, and just hurts innocent people.

I'm still processing this one -- and I expect I will be for some time to come. There are no easy answers.
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Originally Posted by valanhb
Count me as on the fence on this one. I see both sides all too clearly.
As painful as it is to know that this man could die simply for choosing one religion over another, I'm with you Heidi.
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They are reporting that he may be freed in the next few days. How long he will live is another story, as Afghan Clerics are calling on the people to kill him if he is released.


I'm sure, or I should say that I hope that at some point in the future Muslims will look at this period of their history with the same disbelief that Christians look on their history of the Inquisition and Witch Burnings. Until then, though, they feel completely justified in killing for their God just as the Christians did.
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It is a terrible thing indeed when it becomes a crime to be the wrong religion anywhere in the world...
For one thing, it degrades the religion because people are scared into it instead of really believing it. And, it signifies deep, deep problems within the society persecuting people for whatever belief (just like the inquisition did).
Things in Afghanistan are as bad as ever... which is dangerous for everyone, most of all Afghanis. The drug lords have more power than ever, the Taliban is retaking control, and daily life is more unstable than it has been in a long time.
I don't think that we can do anything about it if we wanted to. Every time a leader of a country is taken out, things get far far worse before they get better, no matter who takes over at first or who got rid of the original leader. (See Crane Brinton's Anatomy of a Revolution).
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